Colleges & Universities

Be a Part of the Future Today

The colleges and universities in San Diego are world-renowned and receive billions in grants and funded research each year. They also serve as the supportive backbone for the region’s tech, software, biotech, life sciences, healthcare and other critical industries that are shaping our future. From certificates in growing fields like advanced manufacturing to Ph.Ds in Neuroscience, San Diego’s higher education system provides a cutting-edge advantage for our industry clusters.

Community Colleges serving Carlsbad:



State Colleges:
Private Institutions:

Photo: Gemological Institute of America

Key Facts on the Region’s Research Institutions*:
  • Have a $4.6 billion economic impact
  • Receive $1.8 billion annually in federal and philanthropic funding
  • Generate roughly 37,000 jobs
  • Create an economic impact equivalent to 4 convention centers or 34 Comic-Cons
  • No. 1 metro for NIH research dollars to research institutes
  • No. 4 most concentrated STEM workforce
  • 111 living National Academy of Sciences members
  • 2600+ working Postdoc fellows

*Source: San Diego Regional EDC

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